FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Winning feels good, even if you aren’t having the best season. And that was the case Monday night for the Richmond Senior High School boys soccer team.
After being blanked the past two matches in Sandhills Athletic Conference play, the Raiders got a much-needed win Monday night on the road against Seventy-First High School.
The Raiders (9-8-1, 6-6-1 SAC) scored four straight first-half goals to defeat Seventy-First (3-14, 2-10 SAC) 4-2, their second win over the Falcons this season.
In what has been a recurring theme, however, the Falcons scored first on the Raiders in the first half to go up 1-0; something head coach Bennie Howard said has happened all too often this year.
“We’re such a nice team to allow other teams to score first because we like digging ourselves out of a hole,” Howard said Monday night.
Richmond got on the scoreboard later on in the half with a goal from senior midfielder Victor Lucero to tie the game up at 1-1. Richmond would continue the attack in the first half, scoring three consecutive goals.
Scoring for the Raiders were junior forward Carlos Alcocer, senior forward Brett Baucom and sophomore midfielder Noah Jordan, which put the Raiders up 4-1 going into halftime.
Alcocer had two assists and Lucero added another, respectively, on those goals in the first half.
Richmond gave up its second and final goal of the game in the first ten minutes of the second half, according to Howard.
“We made an adjustment at halftime by clogging up the middle, but we didn’t make the adjustment to try and go wide,” Howard said. “Once we finally did go wide, we had some opportunities in the second half, but we were unable to score any more goals.”
The RSHS junior varsity team had the night off.
To wrap up the regular season, the Raiders will return home on Wednesday to host Scotland High School for senior night. Howard said he hopes his team will show up and put a good product on the field and get the win for the team’s 13 seniors.
Those to be recognized are: Marcos Acosta (GK), Brett Baucom (F), Jerry Cortes (D), Erick Figueroa (D), Patrick Hamilton (MF), Chris Helms (MF), Victor Lucero (MF), Ben Morrison (GK), Yash Patel (GK), Nick Pearson (D), Zane Ritter (D), Carter Roberson (MF) and Jonathan Tadlock (F).
Junior varsity will get things going at 5:15 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.